Biography & Education

Dr. Nora was formerly director of movement disorders surgery at Virginia Mason Medical Center. He is now director of the comprehensive movement disorders program at Swedish, as well as an active DBS research program for Parkinsons disease, essential tremor and dystonia.
  • Spine Surgery
Education Background
Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
Residency: George Washington University School of Medicine
  • English
Professional Associations
Deep brain stimulation for dystonia; The Goal of DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) Surgery
Personal Interests
Dr. Nora also specializes in complex spinal disorders and has a special interest in cervical spine disease and cervical disc replacement surgery.

Care Locations

550 17th Avenue
Suite 500 James Tower, 5th Floor
Seattle, WA 98122
Fax (206) 320-5250
Affiliated Facilities
Accepting New Patients



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Deep brain stimulation for dystonia

June 24, 2014
Swedish DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) patient Ian Curtis shares his story with the community in a segment that aired on KUOW last week.  He was interviewed with internationally recognized neurosurgeon Andres Lozano who was visiting Seattle. Click here to read or hear the story from KUOW.

The Goal of DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) Surgery

February 01, 2013
I met with several patients this week to discuss their personal journey to making the decision to pursue DBS surgery. Not surprisingly, they were well educated about their disease and treatment options. Each patient reminded me that there is a lot of information and misinformation about surgery for movement disorders. The most important advice I can give any patient or family is...


Board Certifications
  • Neurological Surgery
Clinical Interests
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Deep Brain Stimulation Program Spasticity
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Movement Disorders
  • Neurosurgery
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Spinal Disorders
  • Spine Surgery


Patient Ratings and Comments
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The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.8 out of 5 (50 Ratings, 5 Comments)


Very careful & spent extra time to address anxiety.
Swedish Patient

Excellent care & professionalism.
Swedish Patient

Physician assistant, [..], was very nice
Swedish Patient

De. Peter [...] & his entire team were outstanding. Very knowledgeable, confident, & approachable.
Swedish Patient

[...], Dr Nora's physician assistant (PA), consulted with me before Dr Nora saw me and that went very well. [...] provided excellent information on a possible [...] procedure which she explained in depth and she answered all of the many questions I had. Over the last 10 years or so I have for various medical problems consulted with quite a few PA's and [...] really knows her stuff, she is very competent. After a very brief wait I thought of additional questions before seeing Dr Nora. As a result of [...]'s consult Dr Nora asked if I now had a good understanding of my options with the [...]; i said yes I did and then we got into my additional questions which Dr Nora fully answered. Actually my consult that day with Dr Nora/[...] was the most effective I have ever had on any serious medical condition. Thanks to both of them.
Swedish Patient